Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Book Review: When Lions Roar

Title: When Lions Roar By Thomas Maier When Lions Roar is a comprehensive history of the entwined lives of two major families of the 20th Century, the Churchills and the Kennedys, and how their relationship impacted the two countries they eventually led. The author begins in the mid-1930s at Chartwell, Winston Churchill's country estate, with new revelations surrounding a secret business deal orchestrated by Joseph P. Kennedy, the soon-to-be American ambassador to Great Britain and the father of future American president John F. Kennedy. From there, the author unfolds the story of these two powerful families, focusing on topics such as; World War II, spying, sexual infidelity, and the tragic deaths of JFK's sister Kathleen and his older brother Joe Jr, and Joe Kennedy’s influence on the legacy of both families. The author also explores the impact of Winston Churchill on JFK and American policy, and the historic significance this relationship has on both families and nations, especially American politics. This book is 724 pages with notes, so it is not a short read, but it keeps you engaged throughout. I enjoyed reading it. I would give it an “Excellent Read” and highly recommend it. It is a must for all history lovers.